Why modernize with KONE?


KONE escalator modernization improves safety, reliability, accessibility, and visual appearance, while also lowering energy costs.


Working with us will bring you improved reliability, accessibility, and comfort – for the lifetime of your building.


Our professionally managed escalator modernization process minimizes disturbance to tenants and visitors.

Benefits of escalator modernization

The truss may last as long as your building, but mechanical components will wear and become outdated. Modernizing steps, balustrades, and lighting will help to maintain a fresh, modern appearance.  With modernization your escalators will become more energy efficient, reliable and most importantly safer.


Better performance

Compared to older equipment, escalator modernization increases performance. Less waiting and frustration, and fewer breakdowns – all from your existing escalator or autowalk. Updating the drive components and the chain components of your equipment will have a significant impact on its performance.


Improved safety

Safety is the starting point of every KONE escalator and autowalk. By modernizing, you can make your escalator even safer. We offer a full set of safety upgrades and modular modernization packages covering electrification, the step chain, drive, and aesthetics. With investing to safety upgrades you can bring your equipment in line with the latest safety codes and standards –giving you and your customers more peace of mind.


Design that complements your building

Innovative design can turn your escalator or autowalk into much more than just a way to keep people moving – with our wide range of design updates for escalator modernization or autowalk modernization, you can transform your equipment into an eye-catching architectural feature and an important source of lighting, to match perfectly with your building's interior design.


Eco-efficiency that brings savings

Our eco-efficient escalator modernization solutions feature a highly energy-efficient and compact drive system, as well as smart operational modes. You can also benefit from innovative and energy-efficient LED lighting in your escalator that is 80% more efficient than halogen lighting and lasts 10 times longer.

Two main approaches to escalator modernization


Full replacement

In full replacement modernization, a completely new escalator or autowalk replaces the old one. We can install a brand-new escalator and truss, or replace everything except the truss. We recommend full replacement if your escalator is old, suffers from reliability problems, or no longer fulfills the people flow requirements of your building.


Modular modernization

In modular escalator modernization, individual components or complete systems are renewed or replaced. For example, you can choose upgrades that improve the safety and appearance of your equipment while leaving the mechanical components intact. With modular modernization, you benefit from the latest technology and keep your equipment in line with the latest regulations, all with minimal inconvenience to tenants and visitors. Modular modernization can be done to replace a drive, chain, or controller, as well as improving the appearance and various improvements to comply with all relevant local standards.

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